Lynn of Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile is hosting a Give Me Five Mini-Challenge!
Go to your blog and post a list of five favorite children’s books. They don’t have to be THE five end-all-be-all of your favorites, because then you’ll just agonize over which ones to pick, and we want this to be easy. Just list five off the top of your head that you enjoyed as a child, or that your children enjoy. If you’d like, include a one sentence description of the book, but no need to post full reviews. Then come back here, and leave a comment with the URL to your blog post. The contest will remain open for three hours (until 1AM mountain time). I’ll pick a winner from the comments using random.org. That person will win a $15 ebay gift certificate. Please make sure I have a way to contact you if your email is not available in your profile. Because the prize will be delivered electronically, this challenge is open worldwide.
This was tough, as I was not sure whether to confine myself to picture books or chapter books, or what. I decided to go with a melange of both, but still had too many favorites to list. Well, in no particular order, here are five of my all-time favorite children’s books:
The ne plus ultra of going to bed books, Goodnight Moon has ushered countless children to bed over the last couple of generations. No one ever forgets Goodnight Moon.
The Velveteen Rabbit
A moral little tale about the nature of love, without ever being preachy. Beautifully captures love and wonder, and can still make me cry.
A Little Princess
A kind of Cinderella story, A Little Princess follows the remarkable Sara Crewe as she loses her beloved papa, wealth, and every creature comfort. One of Burnett’s darkest and most passionate novels.
Little House on the Prairie
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s fictionalized autobiographical series really takes off when the Ingalls family moves West.
An imaginative child creates adventures for herself in her palatial home at the Plaza Hotel. Iconic story and illustrations.